Every pupil in Oswestry School is assigned to one of four houses. These houses compete in a variety of events for the House Challenge Trophy, which is awarded on Speech Day. As well as competitions in all the main school sports, there is a swimming gala and a sports day. But there are non-sporting events too. For the drama competition each house stages a thirty-minute play and in the music competition there is a song for the whole of each house, as well as solo and small ensemble items.
Once a week each house meets for its own special assembly.
Heads of Houses 2012-13
BURNABY (Mrs Meyer and Mrs Turner) Sam Johnson and Rebecca Adcock
DONNE (Mrs Chidlow) Joe Collinge, Eric Ma and Paige Baker
OSWALD (Miss Ballespi) Robert Clarke and Daisy Tickner
SPOONER (Miss LA Jones) Scott Vallely, Georgina Mercer and Emma Bell
House System - Table 2012-13
|Cross Country - Senior||1||10||4||2||2||6||3||4|
|Cross Country - Junior|
|Football - Junior||4||2||2||6||1||10||3||4|
|Football - Bellan||=1||8||=1||8||=3||3||=3||3|
|Football - Senior||3||4||4||2||1||10||2||6|
|Football - Intermediate||3||4||4||2||1||10||2||6|
|Sevens Rugby - Intermediate|
|Rugby - Year 11-13|
|Rugby - Year 9-10|
|Quiz - Senior||3||4||1||10||2||6||4||2|
|Quiz - Junior||4||2||1||10||2||6||3||4|
|Tennis - Mixed|
|Tennis - Y7,8 girls|
|Tennis - Y6,6 girls|
|Netball - Senior|
|Swimming - Senior|
|Drama and Music||40||24||16||8|
Colonel Frederick Gustavus Burnaby (1842-1885), was an English soldier, traveller, linguist and adventurer. Burnaby was educated at Harrow, Oswestry School and in Germany. He entered the Royal Horse Guards in 1859 and was made Colonel in 1881.
The Revd. Dr. James Donne (1764-1844) was headmaster of Oswestry School from 1796-1833 and is considered to be one of the school's most distinguished headmasters, who re-established the school's fortunes in the late 18th century and is said by many to be Oswestry School's second founder, after David Holbache.
The Rev Canon William Archibald Spooner DD (1844–1930) was educated at Oswestry School and New College, Oxford, the first non-Wykehamist to be so, and became an Anglican priest and a scholar. During a 60-year association with Oxford University, he became fellow, lecturer, tutor, dean and warden (from 1903) of New College, lecturing ancient history, philosophy (especially Aristotle's ethics) and divinity.